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The latest from us at Parnassus Investments.

Performance data is not current for archived press releases.

October 2016

Parnassus Mid Cap Fund Surpasses $1 Billion

Parnassus Investments is pleased to announce that the Parnassus Mid Cap Fund has surpassed $1 billion in assets, a marker of investor interest in the fund’s high-quality responsible investment strategy. The Mid Cap Fund is the third Parnassus fund to reach this important asset level.

September 2016

Due Diligence on Wells Fargo

In this communication, Parnassus Investments shares its views about recent news related to Wells Fargo.

July 2016

Parnassus Funds Board of Trustees Member Alecia A. DeCoudreaux Recognized as One of Savoy Magazine’s Most Influential Black Corporate Directors for 2016

Parnassus Investments is pleased to announce the recognition of Alecia A. DeCoudreaux, a member of the Parnassus Funds’ Board of Trustees, as one of Savoy Magazine’s 2016 Most Influential Black Corporate Directors

April 2016

Parnassus Fund adds Robert J. Klaber as Portfolio Manager

Parnassus Investments is pleased to announce the promotion of Robert J. Klaber to portfolio manager of the Parnassus Fund.

March 2015

Parnassus Fund (PARNX) Goes Fossil Free

As of February 18, 2015, the Parnassus Fund (PARNX) no longer invests in companies engaged in the extraction, exploration, production, manufacturing or refining of fossil fuels.

Performance data is not current for archived news and updates.

July 2016

Investor’s Business Daily--Do-Gooder Stocks Do Well For These Mutual Funds

Jerome Dodson, Portfolio Manager of the Parnassus Endeavor Fund, discusses his investment approach and how he began using social screens.

July 2016

The Wall Street Journal--Quarterly Fund Analysis: Category King

The Parnassus Mid Cap Fund was featured in the Wall Street Journal as one of the Category Kings for the month of May.

April 2016

The Wall Street Journal -- Sustainability’s New Frontier: Asia

Billy J. Hwan, Manager of the Parnassus Asia Fund, talks to The Wall Street Journal about the growing interest in sustainable business practices in Asia.

March 2016

Barron's -- Today’s Top 5 Stock Picks: Mid-Caps With Big Moats

Matthew Gershuny and Lori Keith, Managers of the Parnassus Mid Cap Fund, discuss how buying companies with wide moats can help the fund hold up in bear markets.

December 2015

Barron’s -- 5 Cheap Stocks Help Value Manager Beat the Market

Jerome Dodson, Portfolio Manager of the Parnassus Endeavor Fund, discusses how buying undervalued stocks with good workplaces can lead to good investments.

Performance data is not current for archived Parnassus Fund Reports.

November 2016

Parnassus Funds Quarterly Report 9/30/16

The quarterly report for the Parnassus Funds reviews the performance for the third quarter of 2016.

July 2016

Parnassus Funds Semiannual Report 6/30/16

The quarterly report for the Parnassus Funds reviews the performance for the second quarter of 2016.

April 2016

Parnassus Funds Quarterly Report 3/31/16

The quarterly report for the Parnassus Funds reviews the performance for the first quarter of 2016.

February 2016

Parnassus Funds Annual Report 12/31/15

The annual report for the Parnassus Funds reviews the performance for the fourth quarter of 2015.

November 2015

Parnassus Funds Quarterly Report 9/30/15

The quarterly report for the Parnassus Funds reviews the performance for the third quarter of 2015.

November 2016

Innovative Water Management Products from Well-Managed Companies

Water management is a key area where cutting-edge products offered by skillfully managed businesses can help solve environmental problems. In this brief paper, Todd Ahlsten, CIO, discusses water shortages and quality issues, and explains why the Parnassus investment team has invested in Xylem and Pentair, two companies that sell products designed to more efficiently manage water.

Performance data is not current for archived white papers.

October 2016

Why Principles and Performance? An Interview with Parnassus Investments Founder and President Jerome Dodson

Thirty years after Parnassus Investments was established, Parnassus is both an industry leader and the largest ESG mutual fund company in America. In this interview, Jerome Dodson traces the roots of the firm and explains how Parnassus implements Principles and Performance®.

May 2016

The Links Between ESG Factors and Company Performance

ESG (environmental, social and governance) research is an integral component of the firm’s investment process, providing multiple lenses to help locate hidden business risks and opportunities that may not be apparent from traditional fundamental financial analysis alone. This issue discusses how ESG research can be grounded in responsible investing principles and, at the same time, enhance investment decisions.

Welcome to Principles and Performance©, a series of emails that will focus on the connections between ESG (environmental, social and governance) factors and company performance. Parnassus Investments has offered responsibly run investment products that aim to outperform their benchmarks for more than 30 years. Today we are the largest ESG manager in a growing industry, and our growth is being fueled by investors who increasingly seek strategies that combine principles and performance.

 

November 2016

Innovative Water Management Products from Well-Managed Companies

In this month’s Principles and Performance®, we feature highlights from a new paper on issues related to water management. CIO Todd C. Ahlsten discusses two investments held by Parnassus Investments that are relevant to this compelling environmental topic.

October 2016

Part II: Socially Responsible Investing--An Interview with Parnassus Investments Founder and President Jerome Dodson

When Jerome Dodson established Parnassus Investments in 1984, his mission was to create an investment company that would both express his values through responsible investing and provide good returns to shareholders. This issue of Principles and Performance® explores Jerry’s views on ESG (environmental, social and governance) investing.

September 2016

Part I: The Roots of Principles and Performance®-An Interview with Parnassus Investments Founder and President Jerome Dodson

When Jerome Dodson established Parnassus Investments in 1984, his mission was to create an investment company that would both express his values through responsible investing and provide good returns to shareholders. This issue of Principles and Performance® delves into the founder’s original vision of the integration of Principles and Performance.

August 2016

Responsibly Managing the Supply Chain

Responsible supply chain management is an important aspect of good company governance. This issue of Principles and Performance discusses how problems anywhere along the supply chain can pose significant operational risks, erode a firm’s reputation and threaten a company’s ability to do business.

July 2016

Independent Board of Directors: A Keystone to Long-Term Success

Strong corporate governance is a keystone for the long-term success of a company. This issue of Principles and Performance discusses how a board of directors that is independent from management is better able to generate sustainable, long-term shareholder value.